June 21, 2018 / 2:23 PM / 9 months ago

Peru starts with Guerrero, France with Giroud

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - France vs Australia - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 16, 2018 France coach Didier Deschamps and Olivier Giroud celebrate after the match REUTERS/Toru Hanai

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - France and Peru both switched their attacking lineups for their Group C match in Yekaterinburg on Thursday, with Les Bleus bringing in the experienced Olivier Giroud and Paolo Guerrero starting for Peru.

Coach Didier Deschamps acknowledged on the eve of the match that France had lacked dynamism in attack in their first game against Australia, where they labored to a 2-1 victory.

In the French starting lineup Giroud and Blaise Matuidi come in to replace Ousmane Dembele and Corentin Tolisso.

For Peru, Jefferson Farfan and Renato Tapia are pushed to the bench, with Pedro Aquino coming in.

Guerrero, 34, is Peru’s all-time top goalscorer but was cleared to play in the tournament only two weeks before it started, when he won a reprieve from a doping ban over a cocaine byproduct contained in a tea he drank.

Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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